Bible: Isaiah 60:15-21

60:15 You were once abandoned

and despised, with no one passing through,

but I will make you 1  a permanent source of pride

and joy to coming generations.

60:16 You will drink the milk of nations;

you will nurse at the breasts of kings. 2 

Then you will recognize that I, the Lord, am your deliverer,

your protector, 3  the powerful ruler of Jacob. 4 

60:17 Instead of bronze, I will bring you gold,

instead of iron, I will bring you silver,

instead of wood, I will bring you 5  bronze,

instead of stones, I will bring you 6  iron.

I will make prosperity 7  your overseer,

and vindication your sovereign ruler. 8 

60:18 Sounds of violence 9  will no longer be heard in your land,

or the sounds of 10  destruction and devastation within your borders.

You will name your walls, ‘Deliverance,’

and your gates, ‘Praise.’

60:19 The sun will no longer supply light for you by day,

nor will the moon’s brightness shine on you;

the Lord will be your permanent source of light

the splendor of your God will shine upon you. 11 

60:20 Your sun will no longer set;

your moon will not disappear; 12 

the Lord will be your permanent source of light;

your time 13  of sorrow will be over.

60:21 All of your people will be godly; 14 

they will possess the land permanently.

I will plant them like a shoot;

they will be the product of my labor,

through whom I reveal my splendor. 15 

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